We’re looking forward to a busy couple of months here on team LPQ. What with our summer sewing projects (we’re loving the out-and-about EPP!) and finishing off multiple quilts here on the team, we’re also excited about the European Patchwork Meeting returning to France in September.
The event is a much-loved highpoint in the European quilting calendar. This year sees the 24th annual gathering of international quilters and textile artists taking place from 13th to 16th September in Sainte-Marie-Aux-Mines.
The Meeting celebrates the diversity of textile art around the world, bringing together traditional and modern styles for 4 days hosted across multiple locations across the region.
Head over to www.patchwork-europe.eu to find out more or read on for our five things to watch out for at this year’s show.
1. Explore the global quilting scene
The gathering doesn’t just include European quilts – it’s a worldwide affair. This year’s exhibitions will include patchworkers from far flung corners of the world, from the Kenya Quilt Guild (expect beautiful African fabrics, saturated with colour) to Quilters de Mexico (including beautiful community quilts)
2. Surround yourself in quilting heritage
There couldn’t be a better place to host a huge celebration of patchwork. The Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines has its roots firmly in the heart of modern quilting – it was the birthplace of the Amish movement.
3. It’s vast in scale so you can explore for days
In total, the 2018 meeting will see 34 exhibitions, 150 exhibitors, 1200 quilts on show and 30 courses to top up your patchwork skills. There’s also a wealth of stands offering a stash-shopping bonanza (think fabrics, sewing machines, kits, threads… basically our happy place!). Over 22,000 visitors will flood to see the show from all over the world so you’re sure to find inspiration and meet like-minded quilt lovers.
4. We love this year’s competition theme
Every year, the Meeting includes an international quilting competition, and this year’s theme is going to be “In the course of the Seasons”. It’s entirely open for everyone to interpret however they choose, so we can’t wait to see the quilts on display.
5. While you’re there, watch out for…
We’re especially excited to see these highlights at this year’s event:
- Danny Amazonas amazing freehand patchwork: one of the many contemporary exhibitions planned for this year’s event, keep an eye out for this beautiful exhibition that shows what you can achieve with fabric and thread.
- DIY workshops: try something new with sewing, weaving, knitting and embroidery
- Urban knitting: or “Tricot Urbain” in French is a type of street art involving colour-popping knitting and crochet.
- Be inspired by the lectures: textile pros from around the world speaking include Erick Wolfmeyer, Marty Ornish, Dorothy Stockell and Hans Zogg.